Project Description

North House Folk School

North House Folk School is a small educational non-profit on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota. They foster a non-competitive learning environment devoted to teaching traditional northern craft. Offering over 350 courses year round in everything from timber framing to woodworking to boatbuilding to fibers.

What is a Folk School

Folk schools emphasize learning for the sake of learning. There are no exams, no credits, and no term papers. As much as our courses teach a particular skill (timberframing, basketmaking), they also encourage lifelong learning. This type of learning environment is inspired by Scandinavian folkehøjskolers (folk high schools).

Mission of North House Folk School

Our mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.

Experience North House Folk School First-Hand

North House Folk School brings instructors from around the world to teach traditional northern crafts on the shore of Lake Superior. The best way to learn more about their mission is to experience it first-hand—take a course, attend an event, or visit the campus to see craft in action. North House Folk School is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, and depends on the generous support of donors at many levels.


 LOCATION: On the Harbor 500 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
| (218) 387-9762 | Website • 0.4 mi From Hotel


About Superior Inn and Suites

At the Best Western Plus Superior Inn you’re sure to find that little something extra. With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will stand out among other hotels in Grand Marais,MN. Your Grand Marais hotel room features a spacious work desk and free internet access are included in all our guest rooms to ensure you don’t miss a beat while you’re away from home.

After a fun day of learning at The North House Folk School it’s nice to come back to the warm and inviting atmosphere of our Bestwestern Plus Superior Inn. Each room provides a convenient in-room mini fridge that is ideal for drinks and snacks. We also have an in-house fitness room, so you can keep up your workout routine while you’re on the road. As always, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will provide you with the superior customer service that you are used to at any Best Western hotel.

Lake Front Hotel in Grand Marais - Superior Inn
Superior Inn, Grand Marais, Minnesota hotel - Spectacular Views
Guest Room Views of Lake Superior - Best Western Plus Superior Inn Grand Marais MN

North Shore Minnesota Arts and Culture Travel Guide

Within walking distance or a short hop in your car from the Superior Inn, you will a variety of Grand Marais Shops and Art Galleries to explore. Best Western Plus Superior Inn is located in the North Shore harbor village of Grand Marais on the shore of majestic Lake Superior. Learn about the nearby Grand Marais Art Galleries in our Grand Marais travel guide, and find some time to learn about the people and events who settled the area.

Known as the oldest art colony in Minnesota, Grand Marais has a rich history that draws artisans of all genres to this picturesque place for inspiration. The Arrowhead Center for The Arts celebrates and promotes the arts, artists, and culture of Minnesota’s North Shore and Arrowhead regions. No trip to Grand Marais would be complete without a trip to North House Folk School. Visitors to the school can take a course, enjoy a public program, shop in their store or even set sail on Lake Superior aboard Hjørdis—a 50' traditionally rigged schooner. More information about events throughout Grand Marais can be found on the Superior Inn Local Guide Event Calendar.

View Grand Marais Arts and Culture Guide.